Folks, lookin’ for a solution to Disposable Razor blades and Depilatory creams that guarantee a really close shave for a really long time? Then this kickstarter might be just up your alley!
The US$189 Skarp Laser Razor by Skarp Technologies is a Disposable Razor that shaves using lasers (Barnwell, 2015, September 23) instead of a physical metal blade, finally bringing the humble Disposable Razor into the 21st Century!
With only ten (10) days left till this kickstarter is fully funded on Sunday, October 18th 2015 at 11:30 PM EST, it’s already blown past its original target of US$160,000.
The body of the Skarp Laser Razor is made of 6061 aluminum and comes in either Grey or Black. Because it has no physical blade, it last a lot longer, up to 50,000 hours (Domanico, 2015, September 28) before the laser diodes burn out, much more than the typical Disposable Razor blade made from stainless steel.
It can also be used to dry shave your beard without any skin irritation, Razor bumps, ingrown hair and without any increasing stubble as the blade get dull. This as once the 50,000 house of use is up, the Skarp Laser Razor shaving head, which can run on either AAA batteries of Rechargeable Li-Ion Cells, simply stops working.
And yes, it also translates to fewer of those 2 billion Disposable Razor blades according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) ending up in American landfills, albeit the US can always recycle them.
So how did Skarp Technologies come about?
Skarp Technologies beginnings in cosmetic Laser Surgery – Close shave in the Nick of Time
Skarp Technologies was founded by Morgan Gustavsson MBBS, who has thirty (30) years experience in medical & cosmetic laser industry. He also holds a patent for the patented IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) in 1989, the preferred method for hair removal & dermatology treatments.
The Skarp Laser Razor idea originally came to Morgan Gustavsson in 2001. But the laser technology to cut hair didn’t exist and he spent another decade doing research into lasers to cut hair.
He finally discovered a wavelength of light for a laser that could cut any colour of hair in 2009 after intense investigation.
This discovery was a chromophore in the keratin protein molecule whose molecular bonds break when hit by the right frequency and intensity of light. This chromophore, basically a protein molecule that resonates at a particular spectrum of light, is present in all races of men and women regardless of age, gender or race, making this the ideal way to cut hair
His partner, Paul Binun soon joined Skarp Technologies and a working solution was developed based on this breakthrough discovery. They seem to have many enthusiastic supporters of their hard work as US$3,763,312 from 19,221 backers suggests.
It also means there must be a lot of men out there who dislike the rat race of having to buy new Disposable Razor blades or having to resort to elaborate drying techniques (Deer, 2015, August 5) in order to make them last longer.
Potentially this technology can be use in Barber shaving Equiptment to cut hair off your head as well as other places, such as body hair as well both for men and women. I’m suddenly having visions of the Disposable Razor Blade Industry profit margins going up in smoke when this product reaches its kickstarter goal and launches next year in March 2016.
If you’re interested, you can still be a part of the US$189 Skarp Laser Razor kickstarter which is set to ship in March 2016 just in time for Easter
Here’s the link:
- Barnwell, A. (2015, September 23). If Darth Vader shaved, he’d use this laser Razor. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/darth-vader-would-use-skarp-laser-Razor/
- Deer, L. (2015, August 5). How to make JA$150 Gillette Double-bladed Disposable Razors last for Months. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/gillette-double-bladed-disposable-Razors/
- Domanico, A. (2015, September 28). Forget blades, the Skarp Razor wants you to shave with lasers. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/forget-blades-the-skarp-laser-Razor-wants-you-to-shave-with-lasers/